Sarvangasana is THE ultimate yoga asana to shed fat and tone your body

Sarvangasana aka shoulder stand not just improves your blood circulation, but also hits the jackpot when it comes to practicing yoga for weight loss.
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Nikita Bhardwaj Updated: 30 Oct 2023, 16:16 pm IST
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If you are looking to burn that stubborn belly fat, then it’s time to say hello to sarvangasana or the shoulder stand. When it comes to yoga for weight loss, there are only a few poses that can actually help you achieve great results, and sarvangasana is one of them.

Do you know that sarvangasana is referred to as the “queen” or “mother” of all asanas? It is an inverted asana practised as an advanced posture. 

As per yoga expert, Grand Master Akshar, sarvangasana offers a host of benefits. Recommended for weight loss, yoga practitioners are required to lift up the body with their arms and hold for long durations. By holding your body weight on your shoulders, you are activating your core muscles, which can effectively help in shedding that extra flab. 

Sarvangasana practice on a daily basis improves digestion, boosts metabolism, improves the respiratory system, regulates blood circulation and is also good for thyroid issues” he suggested.

Also, read: It’s yoga versus cardio for weight loss and we finally know what’s better!

Sarvangasana. Image courtesy: Shraddha Iyer

Now that you how beneficial sarvangasana is, it’s time to learn the right way to do it:

  • Begin by lying down on your back.
  • Place your arms beside your body.
  • Gently lift your legs off the floor, and position them perpendicular to the floor with feet facing the sky. 
  • Slowly, lift your pelvis and back off the floor.
  • Bring your forearms off the floor, and place your palms on your back for support. 
  • Try to achieve a straight line between your shoulder, torso, pelvis, legs and feet. 
  • Try to touch your chin with your chest and focus your gaze towards your feet.

Also, read: Dear yoga beginners, NEVER try these 5 asanas at home without supervision

There are a few dos and don’ts that you need to follow, while performing  Sarvangasana

1. Practitioners with wrist, neck or shoulder issues should refrain from performing this asana.

2. Women must refrain from performing this asana, while they are menstruating or are pregnant.


Keep an idea of your risk of weight-related issues.

Check BMI

Also, read: These 5 yoga poses for weight loss are perfect for overweight beginners

3. Practitioners who are suffering from enlarged thyroid, liver or spleen, cervical spondylitis, slipped disc and high blood pressure or other heart ailments must refrain from performing this asana.

So, ladies try this ultimate weight loss yoga pose and see the difference!

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